The unpredictable April weather is worrying fruit growers in many US states. Fruit farmers in central Illinois are worried the Tuesday night freeze might destroy their crops. According to the National Weather Service, a Freeze Warning is in effect from in the early hours of Wednesday April 21. According to wglt.org¸ temperatures are expected to drop into the upper 20s. Rain and snow also are expected Tuesday.
Missouri farmers prepare for cold snap
The KOMU 8 First Alert Weather Team is expecting snow in mid-Missouri on Tuesday, and farmers are taking precautions to protect their crops. The expected low temperatures can damage and even ruin Missouri crops. A frost this late in the season can have detrimental effects for upcoming harvests, https://www.komu.com reports.
Ohio orchards fear fruit failure
Ohio fruit farmer Brett Bauman is stressed out as well. The capricious weather means many sleepless nights. Bauman has a target temperature. “Anytime it gets below 30 degrees, we start to worry about it.,” he told wkyc.com.
The Bauman family has been growing fruit in Rittman, Ohio since 1929. This is a critical time of year for all orchards. At Bauman Orchards, much of the 200 acres of apple and peach trees here are starting to bloom. The forecasted snow isn’t the problem with the blossoms. It’s frost. But spread out between the rows of trees are frost fans. Circulated air can keep the trees safe, but it can’t get too far below freezing.
Iowa apple farmers fear cold will devastate crops
At 3 Bee Farms in Griswold, Iowa, a thousand apple trees sit vulnerable to the weather. Farmer Steve Brahms prepares for the worst. He told KETV Newswatch 7 that if the temperature reached 28 degrees, they’ll lose 10% of their crop. If it hits 25 degrees, they’ll lose 90%. “It’s really frustrating but there isn’t a whole lot you can do to change the weather,” he said. The farm was hit by a spring freeze in 2020 too.
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